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Why Didn’t Grassley & Sessions Ask DOJ’s Tony West About ‘Terrorist Sympathies’ in His Hearing?

So one of the so-called Gitmo Nine Justice Department lawyers attacked by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is Tony West. West, the

Anita Barnes
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 05, 2010

So one of the so-called “Gitmo Nine” Justice Department lawyers attacked by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is Tony West. West, the associate attorney general for the civil division of Justice, defended John Walker Lindh, the California rich kid sentenced to 20 years for aiding the Taliban. You can learn about West’s nefarious and shadowy connections to Lindh by, say, Googling him.

Grassley was just quoted by CNN pledging that he isn’t attacking anyone’s patriotism, he just wants disclosure. But when West went before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 10, 2009 for his confirmation hearing — a committee on which both Sessions and Grassley sit — neither of them so much as asked West a single question, let alone a question about representing Lindh. (The transcript of the hearing is on Nexis, which is where I found it.) Again: It’s barely even due diligence to find West’s representation of Lindh. Here’s a livechat West did with The Washington Post about the case in 2002. The very first sentence of his National Journal profile mentions Lindh. And yet, given the chance to ask West about precisely the issue that so concerns Grassley and Sessions now, both refused to ask. What are they hiding? Did al-Qaeda pay them to stay silent????

Oh yeah, and as Adam Serwer noted this morning: Both Grassley and Sessions voted to confirm West, a man they now intimate is disloyal to the country he serves.

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